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Summer Solstice Festival at Kimmel Center June 19

I’m a less-is-more gal (well, for certain things), but when I guess that you are as big as the Kimmel Center and hoping to fill it all day and evening on a day where there is an abundance of things to do, more is better (for them). Well, I know that you might want to get away from the children’s face painting and adult contemporary stuff. Luckily, you can take a quick stroll to the Molestice Block Party (N. Mole St. between 15th/16th and Race/Cherry Sts.) from the Kimmel Center and grab a glass of home-brewed beer while listening to tunes that make you feel young again. Don’t worry - you’ll make it back in time to catch Philly’s Queen B of Hip Hop Bahamadia. Looks like the female protégée of Gangstarr's Guru (R.I.P.) is back on the scene, and she’ll be dropping her fourth global release HERE this summer. Other things that might make you want to pop in: Toy Soldiers, The Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra, Gina Ferrera, The ReBel Yell, PhillyBloco and The Fleeting Ends as well as First Person Arts Story Slam and Bob & Barabara’s Drag Show. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St., 3pm - Dawn, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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Clark Park Festival’s 40th Anniversary June 19

Clark Park is just a cool place to have outdoor concerts. If you enjoyed hanging out for the day in the park at Best Fest, then you’ll have your chance again when they celebrate Clark Park Festival’s 40th Anniversary with the funky albeit cringingly white dance outfit Prowler who will be headlining the event. Each time I hear these guys it’s something new I find perplexing about their sound from the percussions versatility to the music’s urgency or splintered vocals, but somehow it all works out. They’ll be joined by the ghoulish indie pop of Conversations with Enemies as well as The Josh and Pete Band, Upsincefriday, The Spades and many more. Clark Park, 43rd and Chester Sts., 12pm - 8pm, Free, All Ages - Adam G.

 

 

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Music For Headphones Album Release at M Room June 19

Pull out your old Bauhaus records and ripped black jeans in preparation for Music For Headphones’ album release tonight with Folklore at the M Room. With dark and winding psychedelic guitar strums, and walls of power chords reminiscent of Sonic Youth noise rock, the Headphones whip out the defibrillator for the dying genre of new wave and goth rock, adding their own experimental twists along the way. Jonathan Allen’s stark vocals echo the heyday of Ian Curtis’ sweaty underground performances, and with the right accompaniment you may experience déjà vu. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Maria Watson Meredith) - Katie Bennett
 

 

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Weekend Warrior, June 18 - 20

Yes, there are tons of things to do on Saturday, but if drinking kegs of home-brewed beer, eating tasty food and listening to live performances by Deli favorites like Attia Taylor, Hair Rocket and Chang Chang for FREE sounds as much fun to you as it does to us, then you have to join us at the 26th Annual Molestice. And for all those who have been to Molestice before, we know that we’ll see you there. Cheers to daytime drinking! Molestice, N. Mole St. (between 15th/16 and Race/Cheery Sts.), 12pm - 8pm, FREE, All Ages

Other things to do when you are not at Molestice...

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Goodnight Lights, The Quelle Source 

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Steve Goldberg & The Arch Enemies
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Josh Olmstead
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Atomic Age and The Noid, SAT The Fallen Troubadours
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Music For Headphones Album Release w/ Folklore
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Panic Years, SAT Blood Diner 2
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Mondo Topless, SAT Buddhafest 39
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Cricket Joe
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Notekillers, Mose Giganticus, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Lux Perpetua, My Mind, Invisible Friends
 
Murph’s Bar (202 E. Girard Ave.) SAT Sideshow Prophets
 
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI The Josh & Pete Band
 
Highwire Gallery (2040 Frankford Ave.) SAT Northern Liberties, Circles, Signals
 
Clark Park (43rd and Chester Sts.) SAT Summer Solstice Festival w/Prowler, Conversations With Enemies, The Josh and Pete Band, New Pony, The Spades and more
 
Kimmel Center (260 S. Broad St.) SAT Summer Solstice Festival w/ Toy Soldiers, Bahamadia, Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra, The Fleeting Ends, and more
 
 

 

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A Win-Win Situation at The Troc June 18

Philly/Brooklyn three-piece the Notekillers craft cinematic jams, making the most of their instrumentals. Originally fixtures of the ‘70s punk scene, their 7” The Zipper created a legacy of sorts, influencing fans and acts like Sonic Youth. After taking a lengthy break from what began in ’76, the Notekillers resurfaced, rocking harder than before. The surfy vibes of “Papers” rush in with surging riffs and cymbals while the jangle beats of “Eyelash” revive the golden days of rock ‘n roll with dizzying brilliance. Darker but with equal shredibility, West Philly’s Mose Giganticus is a force to be reckoned with. Mose Giganticus is the result of Matt Garfield’s creative genius. A little angry with synthy interludes - tracks like “Legacy” and the nearly robotic “My Machine” will get your fists in the air with ease. He’ll be releasing his debut album on Relapse Records, Gift Horse, towards the end of this July. Coupled with the raucous folk-blues tunes of TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, tonight’s lineup is eclectically win-win. Miss out, and you’ll regret it. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 10pm, $10, 21+ - Dianca Potts
 

 

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